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Obituaries – April 18, 2013

Jeffery “Neal” Bennett, Jr.

COFFEEVILLE—Jeffery “Neal” Bennett, Jr., age 22, died Friday, April 22, 2013, at his home in Coffeeville.
  Born November 30, 1990, in Grenada, Mr. Bennett was a son of Jeffery Neal Bennett, Sr. and Paula Ann Turner Best. Neal was a self-employed mechanic and a member of Elam Baptist Church in Coffeeville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, mud racing, and fixing cars. He loved his nephews, his babies, and spending time with family and friends.
    Visitation is planned for Wednesday, April 17,  from 5-7 p.m. in Elam Baptist Church at Coffeeville. The funeral service will be held at eleven o’clock in the morning Thursday, April 18, in Elam Church, with Bro. Bernette Fielder and Bro. Marty Evans officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
    Neal is survived by his finance, Tasha Dempsey Bennett of Coffeeville; one son, Carter Anthony Bennett of Coffeeville; his parents, Jeffery Neal Bennett, Sr. and Paula Ann Turner Best; four sisters, Amanda Bennett (Adam) and Keri Bennett, both of Coffeeville, April Crow of Adamsville, Tenn. and Alyssa Bennett of Grenada; one brother, Ryan Crow (Bernadette Melton) of Water Valley; his grandparents, Charles and Peggy Bennett of Coffeeville.
    He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Karen Bennett; his step-father, Bobby Ray Best; and his grandparents, Larry and Lula Turner.

Robert Michael “Mack” Kendall

TILLATOBA—Robert Michael “Mack” Kendall, 57, of Tillatoba died Saturday, April 13, 2013, at his residence.
    Visitation was held Tuesday, April 16, from 12-2 p.m. in Garner Harper Funeral Home at Grenada. The funeral service followed at two o’clock in the afternoon in the funeral home chapel, with Bro. Tommy Darby officiating. Interment was in the Wortham Cemetery at Tillatoba.
    Born in Mississippi February 24, 1956, Mr. Kendall was a son of the late Bud Kendall and Charlene Bumgart Kendall. He was a retired truck driver.
    Survivors include a son, Michael Kendall of Tillatoba; a daughter, Pamela Winters of Greenwood; three brothers, Roger Kendall of Tillatoba, David Kenneth Kendall of Calhoun City, and James Kendall of Grenada; two step-brothers, Connie Stephens and Larry Stephens of Tillatoba; and two sisters, Sherry Kendall of Alabama, and Gail Hoop of Tillatoba; and 14 grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Charlene Kendall.

Nancy Karleen Pass Metts

OXFORD—Dr. Nancy Karleen Pass Metts, 71, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Hermitage Gardens at Oxford.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, April 13, at eleven o’clock in the morning, in Yellow Leaf Baptist Church at Oxford, with Rev. Jerry East officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley. Waller Funeral Home, Oxford, was in charge of arrangements.
    Born in San Francisco, Calif., Dr. Metts moved to Water Valley as a child. She attended the University of Mississippi, where she received her Doctorate in Education and was a member of Phi Delta Kappa. After college, she remained in Oxford and worked in the Lafayette School System before becoming principal at Lafayette Elementary School (1974-1991). Later, she served as principal of Thames Elementary School in Hattiesburg until 1994, when she began work as a Professor in Education for William Carey College in Gulfport. Dr. Metts was a member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling and gardening.
    Survivors include two sons, Kerry Metts (Edith) of Oxford and Brent Metts and his girl friend, April, of Oxford; one brother, Larry Pass of Water Valley; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Memorial contributions in Dr. Metts memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

Charles David Reed

SARDIS—Charles David Reed, 53, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013, of natural causes at his home.
    A memorial service for Mr. Reed was held at eleven o’clock in the morning Tuesday, April 16, in Wells Funeral Home Chapel at Batesville.
  Born August 9, 1959, Mr. Reed was  a son of the late Martha Q. and John W. Reed.
    Survivors include his son, Zachery Reed of Water Valley; a sister, Linda Reed Stroup of Walnut; and three bothers, Eddie Reed of Amory, Bill Reed, Jr. and Bobby Reed, both of Batesville.
    The family request memorial contributions in Charles David Reed’s memory, be sent to LeBonher Children’s Medical Center, 50 North Dunlap, Memphis,TN 38103-9984.

Billy Conn Rotenberry

WATER VALLEY—Billy Conn Rotenberry, age 70, died Friday, April 12, 2013, in Water Valley. Billy had recently opened the PizzaGetti Restaurant, and he left this life doing what he loved most—cooking and serving good food, surrounded by the people he loved the most, his family.
  He was born October 9, 1942, in Oakland, to the late Leslie Leo and Eula Mae Guest Rotenberry. He attended Oakland schools all his school years, graduating from Oakland High School in 1960. He went on to Northwest Junior College on a track scholarship and graduated in 1962.
    He then attended Mississippi State University and graduated in 1971. He coached and taught for three years, then moved to Texas where he worked in, managed, and owned several restaurants. In 2001, he “retired” back to Mississippi, where he opened Water Valley Cafe in 2002. He sold the cafe in 2008 and “retired” again, only to work as a security guard for  Guardsmark for two years. He “retired” again in 2010 only to return to what he loved two years later. In February of this year he opened PizzaGetti to carry on the family pizza tradition. Simply put, Billy worked hard until the day he died.
    In all his years here on earth, he helped many  people in many different ways. He gave eulogies, carried food to the hungry and grieving, volunteered his time to church activities and taking care of his family. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Farmersville, Texas and attended First United Methodist Church of Water Valley.
    Mr. Rotenberry enjoyed gardening, riding around in his pickup truck, visiting friends, and listening to ball games,, Texas Rangers baseball, and attending MSU football games, where he and his grandson, Jake, were season ticket holders. To say he will be missed by many is an enormous  understatement.
     Visitation was held Tuesday, April 16, from 5-7 p.m. in Seven Oaks Funeral Home at Water Valley. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 17, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Henry Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Barry Dickerson and Rev. Allen McGraw officiating.
    He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Peggy Donica Rotenberry; four daughters, Amy Rotenberry Olson (Erik) of Water Valley, India Rotenberry Hale (Matt) of Senatobia, Katie Rotenberry of Water Valley, and Leslie Rotenberry (Heath Lail) of Water Valley; three sisters, Dixie Rotenberry Brosseau (Joe) of Pensacola, Fla., Gay Rotenberry Graham (Ralph) of Oakland; two brothers, Davie Rotenberry (Marie) of Dodd City, Texas and Bobby Rotenberry (Vivian) of Mesquite, Texas; and eight grandchildren, Jakob Rotenberry, Anna Hale, Anika Olson, Travis Hale, Jude Rotenberry Baggett, Taryn Mae Hale, Liam Olson, and Taylor Hale.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dale Rotenberry.

Justin Aubrey Williamson

COFFEEVILLE–Justin Aubrey Williamson, 29, of Coffeeville, died Friday, April 12, 2013.
    The funeral service was held Monday, April 15, at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Coffeeville with the Rev. Truman Scarborough officiating. Interment was in the Broom Cemetery in Coffeeville. Garner-Harper Funeral Home was charge of arrangements.
    Born on June 18, 1983, in Grenada, he was a son of Pat Williamson and Mary Alice Edwards Dixon. He graduated from Water Valley High School and worked on the Williamson family farm.  He loved to hunt and fish and spend time with his family.
    Survivors include his parents, Pat Williamson of Water Valley and Mary Alice Dixon of Grenada; two sons, Justin Heath Williamson of Water Valley and Jaxon Chase Williamson of Oxford; two brothers, Aaron Williamson and Randy Scero, both of Water Valley; four sisters, Misty Soileau of Oxford, Collene Ruggiero and Seline Scero, all  of Ohio, and Ashley Peyton Jones of Grenada.
    The family is requesting that memorials be made to a scholarship fund for Justin’s children at Cleveland State Bank in Grenada.

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